Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A: Yes and no. I love to write, but I’m terrified of exposing my inner thoughts. A sidenote: my mom used to tell me that I talked way too much and that I would only be quiet when I was asleep. Later, she changed her mind because apparently I talked in my sleep. LOL! I guess writing is a natural extension.
Q: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
A: Honestly, there isn’t much of a difference, but I have learned to be more sexually explicit. At the beginning, I was hesitant to use explicit words to describe the male anatomy or the act of sexual intimacy. I even used words like “hard member” or “copulation.” After editing my first book, the “pervert” in me was totally unleashed.
Q: How did you begin your writing journey?
A: I actually googled “How to be a paid porn writer.” I’m serious. My boyfriend looked at me and said, “You just want to watch people having sex live.” Well, duh! Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be a surefire (pun fully intended) way to break into the porn industry... Well, unless you have a gigantic penis. Anyway, I then became interested in simply writing about sex. That was the beginning of my journey as a (mostly) erotic romance writer. My boyfriend would probably disagree because he claimed that my stories were smut, pure and simple. I don’t listen to him, so... LOL!
Q: How about your pseudonym? How did you come up with it?
A: That was another strange moment. I was sitting in my bedroom, Googling “How to come up with a pseudonym” while my boyfriend was reading on the bed right next to me. Then, I found this website that had a list of various anagrams for my full, legal name, but I hated them all. I toyed around with the name “Phoenix” for a while, but it didn’t feel right. Eventually, I saw a website for pseudonyms and I clicked on it. I read some of the names out loud and my boyfriend was like, “I love ‘Casper’.” I was like, “Okay, but I need a 'last name' to go with it.” Then, right below “Casper,” I saw the name “Graham.” Hence, “Casper Graham” was born.
Q: Do you Google yourself?
A: Goodness, where do I begin? LOL! It’s a colossal mistake to google myself. When I first started, I found a different “Casper Graham” on a social media site and it was filled with a ton of porn. I was initially worried that the readers would be turned off by me because they might have visited the social media accounts of a different “Casper Graham.” Then, I realized, “I essentially write porn for a living. Well, at least part-time.” LOL!
Anyway, after my first book had been published, I googled myself and read a couple of reviews. Three words: Biggest. Mistake. Ever! I love and appreciate all the reviews that I have received. I am also friends with a lot of my readers on various social media sites, but some reviews are very hard to swallow—pun fully intended, naturally.
Q: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
A: I’m the kind of writer who often includes a part of my personal experiences in my stories. Writing them is not difficult, but the knowledge that other people are/will be reading something so intimate can be terrifying.
Q: Tell us something weird about yourself in relation to your writing process.
A: I enjoy writing sex scenes. In fact, I love them. I don’t blush while writing them or even after sending the manuscripts to the publisher, but I am always shy whenever the editors contact me. I think I’m a little embarrassed that the editors now know how perverted my sexual fantasies are. Some of my kinks are probably not that strange, but I can’t get used to the idea that someone else has read and edited them word by word. LOL!
Q: How can the readers get to know more about you and your future projects?
A: They can always stalk me on my social media accounts or my blog. I’m quite active on almost all of them.
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